A Bowl of Cherries

“KEEN EATS” FOR A CONTEMPORARY SET At the height of the Great Depression, the unemployment rate in the U.S. hovered around 25%. If necessity is the mother of invention, then just about everyone who lived through the 1930s had to dig deep and leverage a little ingenuity. Staying fed was top priority, of course, and […]

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Contemporary Reactions: America We Stand As One

Christoph Büchel, America We Stand As One. 2005. Film; colour, sound, arabic subtitles, 00:03:51 (loop). Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth. Every six months, UMOCA completely revamps its exhibitions. The latest museum-wide unveiling was in February of this year. Micah, a student at the University of Utah studying Computer Science and Math, dropped by on […]

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Contemporary Reactions: Painting Diaspora

It’s difficult to pass by Patterns of Resistance, the solo exhibition of 2015 Catherine Doctorow Prize for Contemporary Painting winner, Firelei Báez, without being drawn in by her vibrant and large-scale paintings.  Inspired by social movements in the U.S. and the Caribbean, Patterns of Resistance is a collection of pencil drawings and gouache paintings often […]

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Contemporary Reactions: Sometimes Art Says It Better Than Words

  Jeffrey Wattles an Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at Kent State University, where he wrote his first book, The Golden Rule (Oxford University Press), and has a second book, Living in Truth, Beauty, and Goodness (Cascade Books) forthcoming. Last month, he visited Salt Lake City to attend the Parliament of the World’s Religions conference, and made his way to […]

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Contemporary Reactions: Shawn Porter’s “Into the Ether”

Sketches are often mindless beginnings of a thought or idea. It is the first step in creation. Shawn Porter’s Into the Ether, currently on display in UMOCA’s A-I-R Space, is a three-dimensional sketch using a variety of organic materials to create an effortless, playful piece that is open to interpretation. This openness leaves the materials, textures, […]

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Contemporary Reactions: Sometimes, Once Is Never Enough

While in Salt Lake for a work trip, Ami Fatherree—who currently resides in Tacoma, Washington and is originally from Houston, Texas—made her way to UMOCA on a day off after realizing that the museum was right around the corner from her hotel. Good timing, too, because Ami was able to see Grandma’s Cupboard right when […]

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